It’s my busy season at work. I tend to get stretched a little too far and wound a little too tight this time of year as I maneuver my way into the hope of rest and relaxation in the upcoming summer months.
So I find myself looking ahead much like this quote attributed to cartoonist Bill Watterson, the guy who draws the lovable Calvin & Hobbes comic strip: “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
I suppose taking the time to enjoy where we are could be called living in the best moment. Well, one of those best moments happened along my way recently.
Even though I’ve been a little derelict in blogging lately because of time restraints, I’ve managed to attract some new readers. And if you’re one of those delightful people who clicked the follow button, thank you for joining me and my world here at Mama’s Empty Nest. I hope you find something worthwhile to read, enjoy, or maybe even inspire you here – maybe even your own little moment in time.
One of those new readers is A Blessed Pilgrim, at His Eye Is On the Sparrow. I haven’t had a tremendous amount of time to spend perusing her posts, but what I have read makes me desirous for more. Her blog title and tag line – “Because without Him, I’m challenged! Finding hope in hopelessness” – touches my heart.
On one of my harried days in the middle of a hectic week, I quickly logged into my blog to find some new comments waiting for my approval. One of them was from Blessed Pilgrim alerting me that she had nominated my blog for not just one but two awards – the “Best Moment Award” and the “Liebster Blog Award.”
Now I know not everyone appreciates these awards, but when a reader takes the time to notice my blog and give me this gift of letting others know about me, I want to thank that person and show my appreciation. I’ve received the Liebster award previously, so I’m going to pass on it, except to thank Blessed Pilgrim for sending it my way again.
The Best Moment Award caught my eye because I haven’t seen it before. So I clicked on Blessed Pilgrim’s blog post in order to read more about this honor. As I read her words, they brightened my day.
Here’s what she wrote: “Blogger awards are a good kind of chain letter. They are to bless the nominated blogger who gets them, and bless those they recommend. Unlike chain letters, there is no evil curse at the end if one doesn’t follow through. Thank heavens; there is enough bad stuff out there. They are kind of like the Halloween Trick-or-Treat without the Trick.”
I liked that! Of course, I’m all about treats!
So please, go visit Blessed Pilgrim’s blog and indulge me as I follow the rules for the Best Moment Award: 1)Placing the award on your blog (lined up on my Awards Page); 2)Answer a few questions (giving you some insight into what makes me tick); and 3)Nominate some of your favorite bloggers (there are so many, so please don’t feel slighted if I missed you).
Best Moment Award Questions:
Who inspires you? I’d say first of all, the Lord God inspires me. Everywhere I look, I see His handiwork…in nature, in people, in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches I experience. How could all of those things created by Him not inspire me? Next, I would say so many of my fellow bloggers inspire me with their words, their pictures, their thoughts, and their encouragement.
What is the hardest part about blogging, if any? For me, it’s finding enough time to develop all of the many, many ideas zooming around in my brain and jotted down in my notebook.
What is your favorite quote? Oh my, that’s difficult since I am a keeper of quotes. I love so many, but I’m going to go with a simple one. “Just keep swimming.” ~ by Dory the Fish in Finding Nemo (Surprised you with that one, huh?)
What is your favorite dessert? I love chocolate but when it comes to having an evening dessert, chocolate keeps me awake at night! So my favorite dessert is a really good lemon meringue pie or maybe key lime. Yum.
What skill do you wish you had taken the time to learn when you were growing up? Learning how to cook and bake like my mother. I still haven’t managed to make a good pie crust like she did.
What is the one activity you wish you had the time to pursue? Photography. I love taking photos especially with my new camera and if I had a little more free time, I’d read my camera’s instruction book cover to cover to really understand all of its features and maybe even take a photography class. Ah, maybe I can carve out some time this summer for this pursuit.
If money was no issue, where would you like to travel? I’d do a grand tour of Europe with extra time spent in England where a great many of my ancestors came from. And then I think I’d journey to Australia.
What is your favorite holiday? Hands down, it’s Christmas. I love every single thing about it. The decorating, the food, the greetings, the gifting, the music, and most of all, the remembrance of the greatest gift ever given to mankind.
What is your favorite pastime? I work crossword puzzles almost every day. I find it helps my memory and keeps my mind sharper, plus I’m compulsive enough to want to finish each one completely.
What book are you currently reading? I’m continually reading my Bible. I’m also in the middle of a couple books about God’s grace. And to throw a different flavor into the mix, I like to go back and re-read some classics. Right now, it’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Do you play a musical instrument? As a young girl, I took piano lessons for several years, so I can play that instrument. Am I good at it? Well, let’s just say I enjoy my own little concerts by myself in my living room.
And now…drum roll please…these are my nominations for the Best Moment Award. These bloggers always provide amazing fodder for my eyes either to read or see through their photographs. (Click on their blog names to visit them!)
The two bloggers I’ve listed below don’t even know that I exist. They are well-known and have thousands of followers and I am just one of them. But I love what they write, and have found some best moments reading their blogs, and maybe you will too.
Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience
Angie Smith’s Bring the Rain
On this best day of the year, whether you’re a blogger or just a blog reader, I hope you find some inspiration to live in your best moment.